The Bill Chuck Files of April 28, 2019

Each Sunday, in remembrance of my friend Nick Cafardo, I post “the Bill Chuck Files” (named by Nick in his Sunday Baseball Notes column)

Zack Greinke now has hit for a career cycle. This past Thursday, Greinke hit his first career triple in a game AND he threw seven shutout innings. Greinke now has 27 career doubles, eight career homes, and one triple amongst his 109 hits. He sports a .226 lifetime BA. HOFer Gaylord Perry had 1076 AB in his career, he hit 118 singles, 17 doubles, six homers, but no triples in his career which resulted in a .131 BA.

The Mariners’ Ryon Healy leads the league this season with a dozen doubles, but in his 1446 AB big league career, he has never hit a triple, the most at bats of any active player without a triple.

Congratulations to Mark Armour, the new president of SABR (Society of American Baseball Research). Congrats to old friend Bill Nowlin who was re-elected as a SABR Director and to Allison Levin who is a newly elected SABR Director.

Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez has already exceeded his home run total from last season; he’s hit four after hitting three in 80 games last season. On the other hand, last season his pitcher’s ERA was 3.84 and this year it’s 4.69.

The Indians and the Marlins have yet to hit a triple this season and the Marlins and the Mariners are the only teams without an intentional walk.

Speaking of Marlins zeros, the Miamians have yet to hit a three run homer this season. Then again, neither have the Indians nor Tigers. The Brewers have hit 12.

Quick Quiz: Who said, “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers”?

Speaking of great quotes, here’s a great quote from #Angels Cody Allen on his demotion from the closer role. – “This game is humbling,” the veteran right-hander said. “It’s either hard or really hard.”

Which is more amazing: that the Rays lead the majors hitting .345 in the 1st inning or that the Giants are last in batting in the 1st inning hitting .108, with one run scored? I go with the latter.

How are these numbers from April 13-23: .360 (9-25) with 3 doubles, two homers, 8 RBI, and a 1.105 OPS? Those are the stats for Baltimore’s Chris Davis.

On April 9, 1963, playing for the Houston Colt .45’s Rusty Staub, batting clean-up, went 1-3 with an RBI going up against Jack Sanford and the NL Champion SF Giants. The next day, again in the four slot, against the Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry of the Giants, Staub went 1-5. At age 19 and eight and nine days, those were the first two games of Staub’s MLB career. The next batter, to start a game in the clean-up slot in the second game of his career was Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 56 years later.

Here’s another example of why won-lost records don’t reflect much of anything. Max Scherzer in five seasons in Detroit had 35 losses. Max Scherzer in his fifth season in Washington has 35 losses. Max Scherzer in five seasons in Detroit had 82 wins. Max Scherzer in his fifth season in Washington has 69 wins. Max Scherzer in five seasons in Detroit had an ERA of 3.52. Max Scherzer in his fifth season in Washington has an ERA of 2.77.

In Jacob deGrom‘s last 11 games of 2018, he allowed 13 earned runs (over 78.2 IP). In Jacob deGrom’s last three games of 2019, he has allowed 14 earned runs (over 13.0 IP).

Won and Done The Dodgers won last night at home without hitting a homer and ended their record setting streak of 33 straight home games with a homer. The last time the Dodgers won at home without a homer was last August 15, when they defeated the Giants, 4-3, in 12 innings. The winning pitcher in that game was Pedro Baez who last night was magnificent getting out of a bases loaded nobody out jam.

Last season, the Dodgers won eight homerless home games. The Cubs won the most homerless home games in 2018 in the NL, earning 17 wins. The Cardinals, Pirates, and Cubs lead the NL this season with three homerless home game wins.

In case you didn’t know it: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was born in Montreal, Canada.

There is an underappreciated value to the Mariners’ Domingo Santana beyond his .300-ish batting average: Domingo leads the majors having fouled off 126 pitches. Ask any pitcher how annoying that is.

In the 2018 World Series, Steve Pearce, the MVP, went 4-12 with 3 HR and 8 RBI. So far this season, Pearce has gone 4-35 with 0 HR and 1 RBI.

The Pirates are the only team in baseball without a bases loaded hit this season going 0-16 with a sac fly and two walks.

Aroldis Chapman earned a save for New York yesterday by facing and retiring one Giant. That’s the 13th one batter save of the season with Edwin Diaz and Wade Davis each earning two. It was the fifth one batter save of Chapman’s career with four of them, like yesterday, ending with a strikeout.

Quick Quiz answer: Earl Weaver